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Hyatt Announces The Opening Of Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi »

January 30, 2015 at 11:36AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

First Hyatt Place hotel opens in Western India
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and GHV Hotel (India) Pvt Ltd today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi, which is strategically located at the entrance to the fast-growing IT city of Pune, less than 85 miles (143 kilometers) from Mumbai, India. This is the third Hyatt Place hotel to open in India, following the 2012 opening of Hyatt Place Hampi in Southern India and the November 2014 opening of Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyog Vihar in Northern India.
"The opening of Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand throughout India and around the world," said Pablo Graf, senior vice president of operations for Hyatt, Southwest Asia...

Wireless Zone® To Exhibit At Franchise Expo South February 5-7 »

January 30, 2015 at 11:15AM PST | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // Nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer to offer exclusive business opportunities for Texas market and beyond at booth 109.
Who:
Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer.
What: Franchise Expo South
Wireless Zone will exhibit and highlight franchise opportunities available throughout the U.S. for entrepreneurs, business individuals and groups, as well as potential franchisees. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the company's upcoming expansions in Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida and more, as well as, the benefits of owning a Wireless Zone store.
When:
Thursday, February 5, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p...

New Menchie's Store At Randall Crossing Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

January 30, 2015 at 10:15AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALGONQUIN, Ill. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Randall Crossing, located at 2531 North County Line Road, Algonquin, IL 60102. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become an Algonquin favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, January 31 to Friday, February 6, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"Menchie's has something for everyone to enjoy from gluten-free to non-dairy treats in a fun and welcoming atmosphere," said franchisee, Tracy Elbert...

New Columbus, MS-based Brokerage Launches With Real Living Brand »

January 30, 2015 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Real Living Real Estate

Start-up brokerage now operating as Real Living Hearts and Home Realty
COLUMBUS, Miss. - January 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Real Living Real Estate, one of the nation's leading real estate franchisors and a member of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage networks, today announced the launch of Real Living Hearts and Home Realty LLC, a brand-new company.
The brokerage, founded by owner Angela Laster, serves the Golden Triangle area of Mississippi, including Columbus, Starkville and West Point. Hearts and Home Realty represents the first Real Living brokerage operating in Mississippi.
The launch of Hearts and Home Realty is the next step in a long and successful real estate career for Laster, who has been a licensed agent since 1999 and obtained her broker’s license in 2004...

Wienerschnitzel Partners With 4 Wheel Parts During King Of The Hammers Races »

January 30, 2015 at 9:35AM PST | Source: Wienerschnitzel

Cross-Promotional Relationship Kicks Off at World-Renown Off-Road Automotive Event
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest Hot Dog chain, has announced its newly-formed partnership with 4 Wheel Parts, the global leader in off-road, Jeep and aftermarket performance products, and Smittybilt, a supplier of innovative truck and SUV accessories to thousands of active dealers and distributors worldwide. To kick off the relationship, Wienerschnitzel will join the two brands and event sponsors at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by 4 Wheel Parts, deemed one of the toughest and largest four-wheel drive, off-road vehicle races where contenders battle through a 200-mile natural terrain course...

Growth Coach Announces Amanda Hood As New Director Of Operations »

January 30, 2015 at 8:56AM PST | Source: The Growth Coach
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The Growth Coach, the #1 business and sales coaching franchise in the country last year according to Entrepreneur Magazine, brought on Amanda Hood to help the company grow.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) January 30, 2015 - The Growth Coach is pleased to announce that Amanda Hood has joined the team as the company's new Director of Operations.
The Growth Coach, the #1 business and sales coaching franchise in the country last year according to Entrepreneur Magazine, is dedicated to helping business leaders, small business owners, sales people and self-employed professionals find success at work and balance in life. Growth Coaches offer various Strategic Mindset workshops, one-to-one coaching services, remote coaching delivered via phone and web, and coaching for special projects as well as alternative financing, business valuation services, web coaching, sales mapping and more...

Bruegger’s Bagels Celebrates Annual Three Free Bagel Day »

January 30, 2015 at 8:44AM PST | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

Bagel Giveaway Commemorates Company's 32nd Birthday
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bruegger's Bagels celebrates its 32nd birthday on Thursday, Feb. 5, with its annual Three Free Bagel giveaway for each guest who brings a coupon to any one of Bruegger's 285+ bakeries from open to 11a.m.
Since opening its doors, Bruegger's has baked authentic New York-style bagels daily in each of its bakeries using an original recipe, with five basic ingredients.
"For 32 years, we've been serving up our famous New York-style bagels, and we love celebrating that tradition with our annual Three Free Bagel giveaway," said Bruegger's Bagels Vice President of Marketing Judy Kadylak. "We're happy to show our guests how special they are to Bruegger's by giving them the gift of bagels on our birthday...

BookKeeping Express Partners With Aire Serv® To Boost HVAC Franchise's Bottom Line »

January 30, 2015 at 8:36AM PST | Source: Bookkeeping Express Centre

January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // TYSONS CORNER, Va. - BookKeeping Express (BKE) has partnered with Aire Serv, a 175-location franchise that provides commercial and residential installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems.
BKE improves the organization's financial well-being through its specialized franchisor accounting platform, which leverages its expertise in business process outsourcing to create a win-win situation for the entire Aire Serv franchise system and its parent company, The Dwyer Group®.
The franchisor accounting platform ensures that the franchisor receives the right reports from each franchisee, turned in on-time so the profit picture is always complete, clear and current; and franchisees receive the back-office financial support they need to run their business...

DQ® Brand Helps America Raise Romance Grade From F To A This Valentine's Day »

January 30, 2015 at 8:36AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

The Dairy Queen® system creates one-of-a-kind Red Velvet Cupid Cake and Red Velvet Spoon Case to help fans seeking more originality in Valentine's Day gifting.
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - The Dairy Queen system, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) company, is helping fans raise America's romance grade. According to a national poll*, the average American gives their significant other an "F" on Romance, and 62 percent of Americans receive clichéd Valentine's gifts. The DQ® brand aims to raise the grade and #breakthecliche of unimaginative Valentine's Day gifts by introducing the "perfect for two" Red Velvet Cupid Cake, which includes dreamy soft serve blended with romantic red velvet cake pieces, and the Red Velvet Spoon Case for Valentine's Day...

New Menchie's Store At Parkway Village Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

January 30, 2015 at 8:28AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // SHERWOOD, Or. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Parkway Village, located at 21430 SW Langer Farms Parkway, Suite 148, Sherwood, OR 97140. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Sherwood favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, January 31 to Friday, February 6, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

The Dairy Queen® System Honors U.S. Foods Alabama With Distributor Of The Year Award »

January 30, 2015 at 7:31AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

Jan. 9, 2015 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Unified Supply Chain, Inc. (USCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ), has named Montgomery-based U.S. Foods Alabama as Distributor of the Year.
According to USCI Chief Supply Chain Officer Roger Hubbard, U.S. Foods Alabama is a true partner of the Dairy Queen® system that consistently delivers the highest level of service. “U.S. Foods Alabama is a leader in the industry. The team’s attention to detail ensures that our Dairy Queen and Orange Julius® franchisees throughout Alabama operate seamlessly, efficiently and successfully. We appreciate their dedication to outstanding service.”
Distributor of the Year is one of several awards presented annually by USCI to partners who provide superior service and outstanding support to the Dairy Queen system...

Snap Fitness Pledges 300k Hours Of Community Involvement »

January 30, 2015 at 7:24AM PST | Source: Snap Fitness

Worldwide Leader in 24/7 Fitness Clubs Announces New Campaign
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - To celebrate reaching 300,000 Facebook likes, Snap Fitness pledged to match that amount in hours in community service and involvement with its "Snap Serves" campaign. To celebrate its ever-growing social media persona, the brand is honoring this impressive feat by getting clubs around the world involved in impacting people's lives outside gym walls.
"I'm a firm believer in giving back to the community," Founder/CEO Peter Taunton said. "No matter how big or small, the time and effort you give to helping others can truly change lives."
Over the next year, Snap Fitness will be tracking its way to 300,000 hours on social media...

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt Host Disney Frozen Party »

January 30, 2015 at 7:19AM PST | Source: Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt

The Frozen event is sponsored by Sub Zero and Play and Learn with Me
LAFAYETTE - January 30, 2014 - Popular ice cream and yogurt franchise Sub Zero announced today a co-sponsored Disney Frozen event with Play and Learn with Me at the Lafayette, Louisiana, Sub Zero store on January 30, 2014 from 4:30P.M.-8:30P.M., located at 2916 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 70503.
"We look forward to sharing our superior ice cream products and unique experience with those in our community," said Ken Bobbs, Co-Owner of Sub Zero Lafayette. "We will provide a special Olaf Sensation ice cream for this one night only and will pass out temporary tattoos," says Bobbs.
Sub Zero Lafayette opened in July of this year and began serving up gourmet ice cream and yogurt that is flash frozen with liquid nitrogen to create custom made experience...

Ted Proctor Creates His Own Freedom With Two Maids & A Mop Franchise »

January 30, 2015 at 7:12AM PST | Source: Two Maids & A Mop™

Former Salesman Uses Retirement Funds to Finance Business Purchase
Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) January 30, 2015 - Ted Proctor has always craved freedom - the liberty to make his own decisions, create his own schedule, and ultimately, control his own destiny. But after working in medical and dental sales for 15 years, he still didn't have the independence he desired, so he took matters into his own hands. Proctor left his day job and purchased a Two Maids & A Mop franchise.
"I'm excited to bring 'a cleaning service worth talking about' to my home town," he said. "I want to give customers what I would [wish for] in such a service."
Two Maids & A Mop provides a variety of cleaning packages for customers in the Fort Worth area, from regularly scheduled housekeeping services to one-time deep cleans to their customized Design with Time bundles...

Realty ONE Group Corporate Culture Responsible For 36 Percent Revenue Increase »

January 30, 2015 at 7:02AM PST | Source: Realty ONE Group

Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage Reports Unprecedented Growth
IRVINE, Calif. - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Realty ONE Group, a full-service residential real estate brokerage, finished 2014 with its strongest year of financial growth and company momentum yet, with more than 27,000 transactions closed. The company brought in $10.4 billion in revenue this year – a 36 percent increase from 2013 – bringing its total sales volume to more than $30 billion in nine years of operation.
"Thanks to our now 6,000 agents across the country, 2014 was a monumental year for Realty ONE Group," said Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO and founder. "Our company will continue to grow and expand into new regions in 2015, and we're planning to be in all 50 states by the end of Q4...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens 1st Greenfield Location »

January 30, 2015 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
January 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // Greenfield, WI - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Greenfield on January 14. Franchise owners David Deason and Bill Everett held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, January 14 to Sunday, January 18 to support Wedgewood Park International School, Edgewood Elementary School, and Greenfield High School.
The new restaurant, located at 7925 W Layton Ave., circulated 15,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Wedgewood Park International School, Edgewood Elementary School, or Greenfield High School.
"Greenfield is a very tight-knit and involved community," said Everett...

IHG® Expands Its Staybridge Suites® Portfolio In London's Vauxhall »

January 30, 2015 at 6:50AM PST | Source: Staybridge Suites

The hotel is owned by Spring Mews (Hotel) Ltd and managed by Cycas Hospitality and under franchise with Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG®)
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies today announces the opening of Staybridge Suites® London Vauxhall in Spring Mews, just off the Albert Embankment and minutes from Vauxhall tube, bus and rail links.
IHG's 5th Staybridge Suites in the UK is a 93 suite new build hotel, offering a warm, sociable, home-like experience for guests looking for a place for an extended stay on business or leisure. The hotel is superbly located with stunning views of iconic landmarks such as the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye with London's eclectic Southbank just a short stroll away...

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening Of Santa Fe Springs »

January 30, 2015 at 6:45AM PST | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice® Continues to Bring Health and Wellness to Los Angeles County
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - January 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Offering splashes of goodness and empowering a healthy lifestyle, Jamba Juice® today announced it's expanding its presence in Los Angeles County and has opened its first store in Santa Fe Springs. The location marks the fourth store for Jamba franchise partner, CMCS Juice LP. The new store is located at 10124 Carmenita Road, conveniently situated inside the Santa Fe Springs Plaza.
The opening continues Jamba Juice's rich tradition of providing a wide variety of nutritious and freshly-prepared offerings that are wholesome and healthy. The Jamba Juice menu offers beverage choices for every palette and taste, with strong roots in their hallmark freshly-squeezed juices, made to order with whole food ingredients...

Sip, Sup, Shop And Shimmy At Art Van Furniture's 'Ladies' Night Out' Sunday, February 8 In Shelby Township »

January 30, 2015 at 6:42AM PST | Source: Art Van Furniture

99.5 WYCD personality Rachael Hunter to host fun, free, females-only event.
WARREN, Mich., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Girl power! Gal pals from across metro Detroit will gather for a free evening of fun, food, frivolity and female bonding at Art Van Furniture's 'Ladies' Night Out' event on Sunday, February 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at its Shelby Township store, located at 14055 Hall Road. The event, hosted by 99.5 WYCD's Rachael Hunter of the Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael & Grunwald, will also benefit Hope Center of Macomb.
Guests will enjoy shopping the retailer's eclectic Etsy Avenue, featuring items from locally-based artisans. Activities will also include complimentary hair styling, makeovers and massages as well as a photo booth, live DJ and Latin-inspired Zumba dancing...

Elements® Arrives To Boston »

January 30, 2015 at 6:33AM PST | Source: elements™ fitness

Miami Beach, FL - January 30, 2015 - (PR.com) - elements® fitness has announced a new New England based development partner and the development of a showcase club in Boston's Financial District, scheduled for a 2015 opening. The announcement comes on the heels of elements® recent club openings in Las Vegas, NV and Ft. Lauderdale.
"elements® is thrilled to announce our expansion into the Boston core. We are planning for the city a full-service flagship club which will include some of our best signature lifestyle amenities, such as BalanceDiet Test Kitchen, and a full thinspa® featuringrelaxation and body slimming services. Boston is ready for a higher standard of healthy lifestyle offerings, and we are thrilled to be developing one of our best locations yet here," commented Christopher Palumbo, founder of the elements fitness brand...



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